Afraid To Move? Think About It, and… JUMP

Quotes and Notes #341, October 11

Where is the pattern in the mystery circle?

Where is the pattern in the mystery circle?

“I think on some level, you do your best things when you’re a little off-balance, a little scared. You’ve got to work from mystery, from wonder, from not knowing.”—Willem Dafoe—

Dreams are preparation and practice for survival. Fear is what happens to you when you are in a “fight or flight” determination.

“A little bit scared,” on the other hand could apply to moral judgments or to actions which would be influenced by our values. “A little bit scared,” would tell us that we are pushing on our comfort edge—that we are about to go somewhere new—an adventure, so to speak.

Adventures are good, though, so examine your move, prepare yourself well, and…
JUMP
JUMP
Jump as far and as high as you can, and land on your feet. There’s nothing like it.

And do it with a big grin on your face, remembering that,
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Reach Out–See How Far You Can Go…

Quotes and Notes #327, September 27

Reach out--make something happen.

Reach out–make something happen.

“You look back on some little decision you made and realize all the things that happened because of it, and you think to yourself, ‘If only I’d known,’ but, of course, you couldn’t have known.”—Mary Downing Hahn, from “The Dead Man in Indian Creek.”—

The ripples of a decision roll outward in rings around us and we have no idea what shore they will wash up on.

That means that we don’t need to worry about what will happen, just take a chance. Reach out for the sun and show off your flowers.

Share a smile as you reach out. That helps.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Are you up for an adventure today?

Quotes and Notes #314, September 14

Long ago picture of Christopher Robin and his pet bear.

Long ago picture of Christopher Robin and his pet bear.

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh” said Piglet at last, “What’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for Breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” Said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”—A.A.Milne—

It’s all in the way you look at things. Every day should be its own adventure. If you wish to see beauty, you will see beauty. If you want to be happy, you will be happy.

So, have an exciting adventure just for yourself today. Jump up in the air and click your heels (If you can’t quite pull that off any more, do it mentally).

Share a smile with a cute little kid.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Are You Ready For An Adventure?

Quotes and Notes #279, August 10

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’
‘I should think so—in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!’”—J.R.R.Tolkein, “The Hobbit”—

When you feel Ho-Hum, an adventure is just the thing!

When you feel Ho-Hum, an adventure is just the thing!

Adventures are important. They help us to leave our routine and close the door on boredom. Adventures help us to expand our philosophical horizons. It is nice to have a partner in an adventure but not totally necessary. Many of the best adventures may be enjoyed while we are totally alone.

Adventures don’t have to be elaborate or expensive—we can take a trip, visit a mountain top, or swim to the depths of the ocean—right there inside our punkin heads. In order to find yourself inside the greatest of adventures, you only need to turn your mind free and invent the happening. Sometimes you may wish to write the adventure while it is occurring. This adds suspense and realism.

You may enter the adventure with a smile knowing that in the end…
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Adjust the Action Steps…

Quotes and Notes #217, June 15

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”—Confucius—

If you take the wrong turn on a road trip and find that the road you are on does not lead to your desired destination, the natural act is to look at the map and find another road. Of course, if there’s not a map to where you are going, then the trip becomes an adventure.

And as always, Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

road trip adventure

road trip adventure

A New Adventure

Today, Dekie and I will be traveling to Shelby County, Alabama where we will meet some good people, present our books to members of the Arts Council, and then speak to the attendees of the “Relay for Life” cancer event. This morning Dekie suggested that my quote should deal with “adventure.” I found one that I truly love:

Quotes and Notes #184, May 8
”He held up a book then. ‘I’m going to read it to you, relax.”
“Does it have any sports in it?”
“Fencing, Fighting, Torture, Poison, True Love, Hate, Revenge, Giants, Hunters, Bad men, Good men, Beautifulest Ladies, Snakes, Spiders…Pain, Death, Brave men, Cowardly men, Strongest men, Chases, Escapes, Lies, Truths, Passion, Miracles.”
“Sounds okay,” I said and I kind of closed my eyes.” –William Goldman, The Princess Bride.

We all need a periodic adventure. An adventure doesn’t always have to deal with battling dragons but every now and then it is satisfying to face up to one of those fire-breathing demons and deal with it. Sometimes, instead of actually vanquishing the dragon, we may wish to pull the thorn out of its foot and make friends.

But a peaceful, laid-back adventure is best. To see and experience new things, new people, and new realizations.

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz
“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

"John, I think I see Dragon smoke over there. Get your sword."

“John, I think I see Dragon smoke over there. Get your sword.”

Have a Small Adventure…

Quotes and Notes #180, May 4

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”—Rabindranath Tagore—

Sometimes we need an adventure to add a bit of spice to our daily routine. It doesn’t have to be a big, expensive adventure. A small adventure that lightly pushes and expands the borders of the ordinary will do.

It can be an adventure that only you know about and one which will make you chuckle at yourself and say mockingly, “no, you didn’t.”

Try to make eight people laugh today

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz  “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

The Agave lives for many years before assuming the task of making a magnificent show of flowers.

The Agave lives for many years before assuming the task of making a magnificent show of flowers.

The Top of The Mountain

Quotes and Notes #153, April 6

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.”—Dag Hammarskjold—

Sometimes it seems like you will never finish the job—or solve the problem. Sometimes it seems like the hard times will never end. The idea is to keep plugging along and to look back every now and then to see just how far you have come. You can be proud of that.

And share a smile along the way

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

push, climb, go around

push, climb, go around

Adventures are Good

Quotes and Notes #152, April 5

“Gravel roads support opportunities.”–Tom Schulz–

Do you sometimes feel like your life is stuck in the fast lane on the interstate? Are you a bit up tight because you are stuck in a mental traffic jam?

Take a break, turn off on a side road. Enjoy the change and if this is still to crowded to suit you, well, then…

Take a walk on a gravel road and see what direction that takes you in. You may be pleasantly surprised.

If you are unable to take on this adventure physically, then picture the gravel road in your mind and enjoy the walk through the wooded hillside’s natural garden. Even if you are totally incapacitated you may still, in your mind, kick up your heels and grin and giggle.

Don’t forget to share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

The Mantra for today and for every day. Drawing by  Tom Schulz, Artist

The Mantra for today and for every day. Drawing by Tom Schulz, Artist

Security Versus Adventure

Quotes and Notes #102, February 12

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”–Helen Keller

Living in fear is counter-productive. We can live in fear of a powerful terrorist organization only to be struck down by a microscopic bacterium. To live life fully, we must be humorous and daring. We must be able to reach out to new adventures with great expectations, and we must be able to face daily adversities without fear. That is reason enough to practice optimism. Share a smile with your banker today.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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